Longer jail term for ex-garda who solicited child sex
The Irish State has succeeded in increasing, by 15 months, the sentence handed down to a former garda sergeant who incited a prostitute to find children for him to have sex with.
Kieran O'Halloran (50), who had been a member of the gardai for 22 years and who held a command post in Croatia while working for the UN, offered two prostitutes up to 10,000 euro to source the children and asked one to organise "three or four children in a hotel room" for him to rape.
O'Halloran, formerly of Whitethorn Walk, Westminister Park, Foxrock, Dublin, also showed a child pornography DVD to one prostitute and asked her to get him a picture of a newborn baby.
He received a six-year sentence with 15 months suspended at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in March last year, having pleaded guilty to inciting the women "to organise or knowingly facilitate the use of a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation" in October 2005 and April 2006.
A 20-year post-release supervision order was also imposed on O'Halloran in 2003 when he was jailed for three years for an almost identical offence.
The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday replaced O'Halloran's sentence with a six-year jail term after having found that Judge Katherine Delahunt had erred in principle when imposing the original sentence.
The court was told that rehabilitation in O'Halloran's case had not worked and that there was a societal obligation to protect the "tiny children" with whom he was fixated.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Liam McKechnie said that O'Halloran's offences indicated a depraved mind.
In handing down the revised six-year sentence, he said that the court was strongly of the view that O'Halloran should receive the most appropriate treatment while in custody.
The judge ordered that O'Halloran also remain subject to the provisions of the existing post-release supervision scheme until the year 2023.